In upcoming scenes on the ITV soap, EMMERDALE stars Chas Dingle and Paddy Kirk will find their future in jeopardy, but will they decide they’re ready for a fresh start?
Chas (Lucy Pargeter) and Paddy (Dominic Brunt) were left heartbroken after the Woolpack was burned down by Emmerdale villain Al Chapman on Christmas Day (Michael Wildman). They’ve been frantically attempting to get the insurance companies to pay up so they may rebuild their home, but plans to turn the land into a block of luxury apartments appear to have derailed their efforts. However, as it appears that they will never be able to reclaim their house, it may be time for the ITV soap’s renowned characters to pack their belongings and leave their history behind.
Chas stares upon a burnt-out building that reminds her of her previous home during next week’s episodes of the weeknight serial drama.
As she is doing so, a man enters to hang a ‘For Auction’ sign on the metal railings that surround the tavern.
Chas realizes she is about to lose her livelihood after being the landlord of the Woolpack for a number of years.
She realizes there is nothing she can do because Al and his associate Gavin (Ben Richards) have made fighting for her home nearly impossible.
Knowing she’ll be lost without being behind the bar, she could talk to Paddy about permanently leaving the village.
Chas could explain that she wants a better life for their daughter Eve away from people like Al and Gavin.
Paddy could agree, but he’d have to weigh his alternatives because he’s lived in the Dales for nearly two decades and has a vet surgery to consider.
Chas could ask her partner if they can go look for her son, Aaron Dingle, as they consider where they might start a new life (Danny Miller).
Following the murder of his boyfriend, Ben Tucker (Simon Lennon), the heartthrob fled the village late last year because his past was too hard to stomach.
Chas would face a difficult task in locating his mother’s son, having had no communication with her since his departure.
With Paddy agreeing that they need to reunite as a family, he might vow that they will not stop until they find him.
As they packed their belongings, they could take one final look at the village they had called home and reflect on both the good and bad moments they had there.
They may drive away, as Aaron did, in search of a better life for themselves, knowing this is the proper thing to do.
But how will the rest of the Dingle clan respond to the loss of two of their most cherished members, and will they understand why they left?
With the door open for the couple to return in the future, this could just be a stopgap measure until they figure out what they want to do with their lives.
Lucy, who portrays Chas, spoke about her character’s importance in the hamlet and the impact lockdown would have had on her last year.
“Chas is very much part of the village’s DNA, and she’s floundering without that connection to others,” Lucy explained.
“The Woolpack is her livelihood, and given the status of the economy, the leisure industry will be one of the last to reopen, putting a huge load on her.”
Despite the fact that the past 18 months have been difficult for both characters, the soap actress claims their bond is stronger than ever.
“They’ve shared so much and are so compatible in many ways. After all the failed relationships she’s had, Chas is happy to have someone she can depend on,” she told Inside Soap.
“I love the way she and Paddy work together – one minute they can be laughing, then the next involved in serious, heart-rending stuff. It’s fantastic,” she explained.
Despite the fact that this was an interview from 18 months ago, it reflects Chas’ current situation without the Woolpack and how she and Paddy have remained strong in the face of adversity.
This could help them in the future because they know they don’t have to worry about anything else if they have each other.
Dominic, the actor who plays Paddy, recently stated that if he were to leave the program, it would not be his decision.
Talking about his future on the programme after 23 years, the soap star said: “Every Christmas when the contract is up, I still think that’s probably it.”
“I think that keeps me going, the thought that at any point you could be out. You can’t just wing it, turn up with no ideas,” he continued.
“So I try hard – but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have a job this good for so long,” he told The Mirror.
Fans of the program have been discussing the couple’s latest storyline on Twitter recently, with DeLuca writing: “I hope 2022 marks the last of Paddy and Chas.”
“They just suffocate each other, and seeing them in scenes with other people proves it #Emmerdale.”
“Every episode so far recently has began with Chas, Marlon, and Paddy standing in front of the pub #Emmerdale,” Paul continued.
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